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Grange to honor birthday, centennial farms

 

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Goldendale Grange #49 will be recognizing Klickitat County's Centennial Farms "plus 25 years" at its 105th Grange anniversary potluck luncheon Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. The potluck luncheon is open to all persons interested in the Grange organization or hearing about its many activities.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) as a part of the Washington State Centennial in 1989 canvassed the state to locate 100-year-old farms. To qualify, a farm must have been in production since 1890 and had to have remained in the same family for those hundred years. By centennial time in 1989 the WSDA had identified 412 Washington State Centennial Farms in 36 of Washington's 39 counties. Fourteen of those farms were located in Klickitat County.

In 2014, Washington State celebrated its 125th anniversary and WSDA wanted to reconnect with its original 1989 Washington Centennial Farms. They wanted to analyze the changes that had occurred in the past 25 years and find out how many of the farms were still engaged in the production of agriculture. Of the original 412 farms in 1989, 286 choose to participate in 2014 and of those farms, 253 are still owned by the same family as in 1989.

In Klickitat County, of its original 14 Washington Centennial Farms one is listed as no longer in the same family but still being farmed, four are listed with "no reply", and nine are still farmed by the same family as in 1989. It is these families that Goldendale Grange #49 wishes to recognize at its anniversary potluck luncheon Sunday.

Since no additional Klickitat County farms have been recognized as Washington Centennial Farms since 1989, the Goldendale Grange #49 is in hopes this can become an ongoing program. The presumption is that there must be many more qualifying farms in Klickitat County.

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Following the potluck luncheon will be a short program to honor grange members who have served the grange diligently over the years will take place. There will also be a short slide presentation of the many faces and buildings of the Goldendale Grange #49 throughout time.

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer has been invited to explain the proposed Klickitat County Sheriff's Posse Program and how it could affect rural Klickitat County.

 

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